Hey creeps! Do ya e’er have the urge to kick back and watch some real bad cats do even worse unto others? Sure, who doesn’t? If we didn’t the Tarantinos of the world couldn’t drink Cristal and buy movie theaters. And while I dig Reservoir Dogs and the like, sometimes ya gotta step back and take a gander at some OG bad@$$ery, and there are few finer examples of that than Yasuharu Hasebe’s 1967 bullet ballet MASSACRE GUN!
MASSACRE GUN details the wrong side of the tracks antics of Kuroda (Jô Shishido playin’ the part with buckets of kinetic stoicism…wrap your heads around that one…) who decides to rebel against his crime boss employer (a man who laughs through gritted teeth so ya know he’s the most business of businessmen) after said boss forces him to murderize his lover. Kill-crazy Kuroda is joined in his revenge by his two brothers, and the family that plays together slays together as they manage to engage in a major war against the underworld!
Drenched in bullets, babes and bad guys, MASSACRE GUN is one hard core flick! Fingers are crushed, bullets rip through flesh and messages are delivered via coffins; kinda like a Tuesday here in the Crypt O’ XIII…minus all the violence…and the black and white Yakuza action…o.k., it’s nothing like that here, but the film is damn good! And, because this film is brought to us by those luvable scamps™ at Arrow Films, the picture is crystal clear (and I’m sure the colors would pop if this flick had any), and the disc contains a full complement of bonus-y bonuses (interviews, trailers etc.).
So, MASSACRE GUN needs to be in your collection today, especially if you like bad things happening to bad people…and soulful jazz…or good movies…just buy the damn thing already!